The Army-Navy game, autumn's annual test of the hardiness of the American college football fan, ran through its 59th production on Saturday and will now take its place in history as another shivering success. More than 100,000 fast-congealing souls, the biggest college football crowd of 1958, became inmates of Philadelphia's Municipal Stadium for more than four hours, arriving long before noon in 34° temperature and whistling winds and departing only after the sun had begun to droop in the direction of Altoona, Pa.
Army was favored and Army won, 22-6, although the Cadets were behind at the start and had to hump a bit to catch up. It was the first undefeated season for Army since 1949 and a nice silver anniversary present for Red Blaik, who has been a head coach now for 25 seasons. Strangely enough, however, Blaik won by eschewing his newfangled wide-open offense in favor of an old Blaik stratagem of years gone by: give the ball to an All-America halfback and let him run into right tackle.
The halfback was Bob Anderson who has been more or less forgotten this season while Pete Dawkins, his more explosive teammate, scored the touchdowns. But on Saturday Dawkins decoyed while Anderson ran through the line for 89 yards and two touchdowns and that was the game.
Joe Caldwell, the Cadet quarterback, did a fine job of mixing up his attack, throwing for 145 yards in 10 completions, half of them to Army's gregarious end, Don Usry. Usry put the game on ice—this was really not very funny at Philadelphia on Saturday—by intercepting a Navy pass and galloping 38 yards to score. Bob Novogratz, a big and ornery guard, did a magnificent job of leading the Cadet line.
December 8, 1958
But it was Anderson's day, and now Blaik won't have to go back down to Florida this winter, weary and worn after a loss to Navy, and think up a new offense as he did a year ago. He can use either one of the two he already has. Both seem to work.
Five Navy Defenders try to intercept or overhaul Army's Dawkins, who nonetheless made 29 yards down sidelines before being stopped.
Army's back of the day, Bob Anderson, who made a specialty of cutting through tackle all afternoon, goes over for second touchdown.
Deflected pass from Navy's Joe Tranchini (16) is given volleyball-like tip into the air by Army Tackle Maurice Hilliard (77), redirecting it from anxious arms of Navy's Ray Wellborn to those of Army's Don Usry, who ran 38 yards for final clinching score.